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Big “I” Names New Virtual University Director

Christopher Boggs to head association’s key industry professional development program.

Boggs.jpgALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Nov. 15, 2016— The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) has announced that Christopher “Chris” J. Boggs CPCU, ARM, ALCM, LPCS, AAI, APA, CWCA, CRIS, AINS, has joined its staff as Big “I” Virtual University director. Boggs will succeed Bill Wilson, CPCU, ARM, AIM, AAM, who has served in this role since 1999 and will retire at the end of the year. 

“The Big ‘I’ is proud to welcome Chris Boggs to our team as Virtual University director,” says Bob Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “Chris is one of the leading academics and technical experts in our industry.  We are confident that Chris will continue to build upon the excellent work and foundation established by the VU’s founding father, Bill Wilson.”

Boggs previously served as Wells Media Group, Inc. Academy of Insurance vice president of education.

“Chris is nationally respected for his expertise and more than 25 years of experience as an insurance and risk management educator, trainer and practitioner,” says Madelyn Flannagan, Big “I” vice president of agent development, education and research. “We also wish Bill Wilson a wonderful retirement and will greatly miss him. Bill has served the industry with distinction for more than 30 years and was instrumental in the establishment and success of the Virtual University.”  

Prior to joining Wells Media, Boggs worked in numerous underwriting and account roles for Selective Insurance Company; Dean, Heckle & Hill; and McNeary, Inc. He is a well-respected insurance subject matter expert, speaker and author. Boggs is the author of six insurance and risk management books and hundreds of articles and research papers. In addition to his numerous professional certifications, Boggs earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Founded in 1896, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of approximately a quarter of a million agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance—property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address:

​127 South Peyton Street
Alexandria VA 22314
​phone: 800.221.7917
fax: 703.683.7556

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